What a WWI soldier left behind

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  1. Very much so.

  2. It’s VERY difficult for me to write about this. When I was a young teenager, my next door and best friend’s father was ‘an old guy’, and a WW1 survivor. He, as do all long-time in country vets, never talked about what he went through, but it showed in many small ways, although he was able to contain himself. He never blew up or went off on others, but it showed, it showed….
    They’re all gone now. I’m 69: I’ve heard the last living slave speak, the US & Soviet astronauts speak, heard and saw the last living WW1 vets in Kanada and the US, and even shook hands [his were quite calloused!] w/Robert Kennedy, by accident of being in a crowd. Lest we forget, lest we forget.
    Remembrance Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, has become OUR 11th hour. Can we do the right thing and put an end to the wars? Not ALL wars, that would be folly to ask. Just the next one….

  3. Wow–what a statement!! My dad’s father was in France during WWI. He never spoke of it that I know of. I mostly remember him for his extreme frugality, hard work, and tattoos on his arms from the Service.

  4. …made me remember my great-grandfather (from my youth)
    a Civil War Vet…mostly deaf and mostly blind…isolated but
    not alone …. reliving in memory the battles long gone…
    enjoying sitting in the warm sun


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